How to Recover Deleted iMessages on iPad

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Use Enigma Recovery software and recover iPad iMessages

With the evolution of smartphones, text-based modes of communications have changed dramatically. Internet has become more mobile and with it we’ve seen the rise of ‘instant messaging’ – a quicker, more dynamic form of text messaging.

And Apple’s version of instant messaging (iMessages) provides the additional benefit of synchronising with other devices – iPad, iPod Touch and even a Mac computer. No mobile network connection required.

This newer form of messaging has further encouraged users to use text-based communications over voice-calling. And with no character restrictions or low-memory inboxes, users can now store endless amounts of chat history on any single device.

It’s perhaps for this this reason that iMessage conversations have become one of the more valued bits of content saved on an iPad. Often containing important information – such as dates, meetings, events and even passcodes – the thought of suddenly losing them becomes a very daunting one.

However, the good news is that there are methods available in recovering lost or deleted iMessages from iPads. This is because upon immediate deletion or loss, the data is never permanently wiped. Using our data recovery software, Enigma Recovery, missing file paths can be rediscovered and the data can be pieced back into a readable format for the user to view.

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How to Recover iMessages from Your iPad

iMessages are great for not only sending instant messages in text format, but also multimedia files such as voice notes, photos and videos. And being completely free of charge (when connected to Wi-Fi), they’ve quickly become the preferred method of text communication; especially when synchronised across a number of Apple devices – iPhones, iPads, iPods and even Mac computers.

But as we become more immersed in iMessages to remain socially connected, the impact of suddenly losing conversations – often containing personal information to the user – becomes very high. This can easily occur through accidental deletion, failed iOS upgrades or even a damaged iPad that can no longer be accessed.

The good news, however, is that with the use of Enigma Recovery, it is still possible to retrieve missing content from your iPad. This is because when a file is deleted, it is never permanently wiped from the device. Instead, the pieces of code – which construct the file – are stripped of their components and the file location is preserved for another file to take its place when required. Enigma Recovery works by scanning the memory of the iPad to find the missing file, and re-construct it into a readable format for the user.

You Will Need:

  1. A laptop or computer
  2. The most up-to-date version of iTunes
  3. The iPad device to recover from
  4. A compatible USB cable
  5. A free or paid version of Enigma Recovery installed

Follow these steps

Step 1 – Open Enigma Recovery

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Open the software and select a device to recover from (iOS).

Step 2 – Connect iPad

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Now connect your iPad to the computer, using your USB cable.

Step 3 – Trust Computer

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Follow the instructions that appear to ‘Trust’ the computer with your device.

Step 4 – Scan device

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Select the data type you are looking for (or Select all). Then click ‘Start scan’.

Step 5 – Scan Report

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After the scan, the software will let you know how many existing and deleted files have been found. Click a data type to view your recovered items.

Step 6 – See deleted messages

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The main screen will now display all the existing and deleted messages from your device. Deleted messages can be restored to your handset or exported to the computer in Excel, CSV or XML format.

Step 7 – Export messages

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Select the messages you wish to save, click ‘Export’ and choose ‘Export selected data only’. Or to save all messages, select ‘Export’ and ‘Export current tab’.

That’s it!

We hope you’ve had success retrieving your data. If you have any questions, please contact our support team here. We’re always happy to help!

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Software Compatible With:

  • iPad
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 3rd Generation
  • iPad 4th Generation
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Mini
  • iPad Mini 2
  • iPad Mini 3
  • Devices with up to iOS 10


Victor Hernandez, Marketing Manager helps new and old customers to get the most out of our products. His interest in emerging tech trends have made him a trend seeker when it comes to mobile and recovery solutions

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